Monthly Archives: August 2011

Solidarity for the disappeared in FB and my muscle pain

Photo by Darwin Mendiola

Solidarity for the disappeared

August 30. Every morning while having my coffee, it has been part of my routine to browse on all my online accounts before I start to prepare to work.

A campaign in facebook asking friends to take down profile pics in commemoration of the International Day of the Disappeared caught my attention. The message was:

In remembrance of the disappeared in the Philippines and around the world, whose lives, rights and freedoms were taken, please take down your profile picture on August 30, International Day of the Disappeared.


It was indeed a very creative way of expressing solidarity online. But just like other campaigns in facebook whoever started this remains unknown. But one thing is sure. Whoever it was, he/she did a good job.

Our organization as one of the members of the Coalition Against Enforced Disappearance or CAED held an event tagged as “I have RAGED!” or Run Against Enforced Disappearance not only to commemorate the International Day of the Disappeared (IDD) but also to call for the enactment of a law that would criminalize this HRV and for the Philippine government to ratify the international convention.

The run was attended by families of victims and HR advocates.

For decades, HR advocates and families have been pushing for the enactment of the law. We hope that all these efforts will reach P-Noy and the leaders of our government.

After the run, I went home and went online to remove my profile pic.

August 31. This morning, I woke up with my muscles aching.  Although the run was not really a long run but it was able to make me feel sick maybe because I’m not used to distance running.  It made me realized that I need to have even simple exercises from now on or try to stop smoking and start thinking of my health. I decided to skip work today and take a break.

Ano pa kaya ang walang kapagurang paghahanap ng mga naiwang kamag-anak ng mga mahal sa buhay nilang mga sapilitang winala? mas masakit pa sa muscle pain ang kanilang dinadanas. Pwede rin silang lumiban at magpahinga pero hindi dito natatapos ang paghahanap.

Well what can I say? I was shocked!

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Ano nga ba ang masasabi ko sa pinag-uusapang “Poleteismo” ni Mideo Cruz?

Una, meron sana kung nagkaron sana ako ng pagkakataong masilip man lang ang art exhibit.  Pero dahil sa biglaang pagpapasara nito, marami ang tinanggalan ng chance of a lifetime na makaexperience ng shock art na ito at isa ako.

Ikalawa, meron, dahil malaya ako sa pagbibigay ng opinyon at kuro-kuro.  At dahil akin ang pahinang ito, malaya ako sa anumang sabihin ko rito.  Hahaha!

Sa kabila ng kakapusan sa batayan, hindi ko napigilang magsalsal ng utak hinggil dito.  Nakitaan ko kasi ng iba’t-ibang perspective ang pumalibot at naglumikot sa isyung ito.

Dahil sa naka-relate ako sa nangyari.  I may not know Mideo Cruz or his art, pero dahil sa umabot na sa pambansang diskusyon ang kanyang art exhibit, saludo ako sa kanya!

“I never go out of my way to offend; but I do like to provoke debates and critical thinking. Art is a way of expressing one’s views about the world, culture and history, and this is what I do in my work. The audience is free to make their own conclusions and interpretations about the images I create, but I must confess I didn’t expect for anyone to react so violently against ‘Poleteismo.’ The worse that I would’ve expected is for no one to come to the CCP and see my work or those of the my colleagues in this exhibition,” Mideo Cuz in

“I wanted to provoke people into thinking. I titled my work ‘Poleteismo’ which loosely translates into ‘many beliefs’ or ‘many deities.’ Throughout history, humanity has grown to create new gods and these are not always religious figures but concepts and objects. Some have taken to worshipping money; some see politicians as godsend. People create idols and these idols whether or not they’re deserving of idolatry or worship affect our lives and how we function and see the world,” Mideo Cuz in

This post is not really about Mideo Cruz, but the lesson I learned from this event.  Natutunan ko na ang kanyang sining ay epektibo.  Na ang kanyang ‘Poleteismo’ ay indeed composed of many beliefs.  Effective dahil his artwork was able to stir reactions from ibang beliefs o perspective.

Hindi ba’t noong unang panahon, witches were hunted and were even killed dahil sa kakaiba nilang practices na hindi akma sa nangingibabaw na kultura at paniniwala noon?

Si Jose Rizal mismo ay tumanggap ng pambabatikos sa kanyang “Noli…” at “Fili…”

Gayundin si Bonifacio na may mga dasal na pinalitan pa ng mga salita ang orihinal na pagkakasulat nito.

Hindi man niya layuning maka-offend but that is what ‘Poleteismo’ is all about.  It has indeed provoked debates and reactions. Sa ganang akin po lamang what is art for?

Kayo what can you say?



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